THEORETICAL PSYCHOLOGICAL FRAME OF REFERENCE FOR HOUSEHOLD DECISIONS REGARDING JOURNEYS

PSYKOLOGISK TEORETISK REFERENSRAM FOER HUSHAALLS BESLUTSFATTANDE AVSEENDE RESOR

The assumption made is that journeys which individuals and households undertake (or wish to undertake) are determined by their needs and wishes to perform activities in different places. Activity choice is analysed with reference to social psychological research into attitudes and behaviour. Choice of an activity is accompanied by varying degrees of planning; planning increases probability that activity will be carried out. Trip choice is an essential component of activity planning since everyday activities are largely performed in different places. It is unlikely that dependent decisions are subject to utility maximisation, since comparison of all combinations of alternatives would exceed people's ability; people either compare two decisions at a time, or they endeavour to minimise negative consequences rather than achieve positive consequences. In efforts to reduce car use, household tend to minimise changes; shorter car journeys are chosen in preference to other modes, which are chosen in preference to altering journey requirements. Choice of car for private journeys is seen as social dilemma where greater importance is attached to private than to public consequences. Use of the electric car appears to be mostly influenced by maximum speed and load capacity, and also by range and charging period. Almost 80 per cent of households could replace their car journeys by electric car.

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    KOMMUNIKATIONSFORSKNINGSBEREDNINGEN

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    STOCKHOLM,   Sweden  S-114 97
  • Authors:
    • GAERLING, T
  • Publication Date: 1997

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  • Swedish

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 60p+a p.
  • Serial:
    • KFB RAPPORT
    • Issue Number: 1997:48
    • Publisher: KOMMUNIKATIONSFORSKNINGSBEREDNINGEN
    • ISSN: 1104-2621

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00793566
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jun 15 2000 12:00AM